|Saturday Women's Hoops RESULTS
|Arkansas 74, Furman 45
|Temple 78, Auburn 74
|Hawaii 79, Ole Miss 63
Four Players in Double Figures Lead Arkansas Past Furman
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kelsey Brooks led the way as one of four Razorbacks to reach double-digit scoring, as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (3-0) earned a 74-45 win over Furman (1-2) inside Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.
Brooks finished the day with 16 points on 70 percent shooting (7-for-10), as the freshman finished with her third straight game scoring in double digits. Fellow freshmen Jessica Jackson (13) and McKenzie Adams (12) also reached double figures, as well as senior Keira Peak (11).
A majority of the Razorbacks’ scoring against the Paladins came down low, where UA outscored FU 48-to-18 in the paint.
“We got the ball inside early and got some easy baskets,” head coach Tom Collen said. “I feel like we needed to establish ourselves on the low block a little bit more. Some of those points in the paint are deceiving, because when you get a steal and then a layup those are points in the paint.”
Extra effort on the defensive end enabled UA to extend its first-half lead, forcing FU into 12 first-half turnovers. The Razorbacks translated the miscues into 17 points off turnovers, including 12 fast-break points in the first half.
A tight contest through the opening five minutes, both teams came out shooting above 40 percent from the floor. Jackson got off to a quick start for the Razorbacks by scoring seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, including a nice and-1 finish underneath the basket on an excellent assist in traffic from Calli Berna.
Holding the Paladins scoreless for a stretch of four minutes midway through the first half, the Razorbacks put together a 10-0 run and pushed their lead to 22-9.
UA out-rebounded FU 23-to-11 in the first half alone, including seven offensive boards. The Razorbacks finished the game with 41 rebounds to the Paladins’ 30.
Closing the first half on a 27-10 run, UA created a 39-19 lead for itself by halftime. Jackson led all scorers with nine points, while Peak was close behind as the game’s second-leading scorer at eight points on 6-for-8 shooting from the free throw line.
Brooks took over in the second half for the Razorbacks, coming off the bench and scoring 14 of her 16 points over the final 20 minutes alone.
It was an inside-out offensive attack from the Razorbacks, which as a group shot 50 percent (3-for-6) from beyond the arc in the second half and finished the game outscoring the Paladins 48-to-18 on points in the paint.
Arkansas remains home to continue its opening stretch of non-conference games, hosting Middle Tennessee State inside Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 19. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Auburn Takes First Loss At Temple, 78-74
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After battling back from a Temple comeback, Auburn could not hold on as the women’s basketball team took its first loss of the season Saturday night, 78-74 at Temple. Tyrese Tanner led the Tigers with 19 points and eight rebounds.
“It is a heartbreaking loss,” said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “I thought we played hard and kept our composure, despite that run they made after halftime. We kept our poise and got ourselves back in the game, a game we should have won.”
Temple scored the first four points of the game, but it was all Auburn after that as the Tigers led by as many as 16 points in the first half with freshmen Katie Frerking and Brandy Montgomery combining for 17 of the Tigers’ points. Auburn led 44-32 at the break.
That lead was short-lived as Temple, playing on its home court for the first time this season, came out in a fury led by 3-pointers from Tyonna Williams. She led the Owl comeback and finished the game with 29 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Despite going down as many as seven points in the second half, Auburn battled back. The Tigers were down seven with 3:48 to play, but free throws by Tanner and Meagan Tucker, along with a layup from Brandy Montgomery, gave Auburn a 74-73 lead.
Untimely fouls and missed opportunities in the final minutes spelled trouble for Auburn as Temple capitalized with a 3-pointer and free throws from Williams for the 78-74 win.
Montgomery finished behind Tanner with 15 points while Frerking scored 14. Peyton Davis pulled down seven rebounds with her six points while Tucker dished out eight assists.
Auburn will return to the court at 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday as the Tigers travel to in-state rival Alabama A&M.
Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Falls To Host Hawai’i in Tournament Action
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team dropped a 79-63 contest to tournament host, Hawai’i in second-day action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Saturday (Nov. 16).
For the third time this season, senior Valencia McFarland led the Rebels in scoring with a team-high 14 points and was joined in double figures by classmate Diara Moore who added 11 points. McFarland and freshman Shequila Joseph led the way on the glass with seven rebounds each.
“We were better in a lot of areas tonight,” said head coach Matt Insell. “Hawaii is a tough team and they’re tough to play over here. Last night they beat a good Washington State team much like they beat us. It’s all heart what they do. They played a good game tonight.”
Coming out of the locker room tied at 34, the host squad went on an 18-8 run, sparked by a triple on their first possession, to take the first double-digit lead for either team at the 13:08 mark. Ole Miss got as close as 13 points twice in the final 3:14 of action, but couldn’t get enough stops late in the loss. The Rebels shot 34.3 percent (23-of-67) from the field and grabbed 34 rebounds, but couldn’t find a way to contain Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson who had a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, including 19 points in the second half.
Ole Miss’ defense opened the game strong and forced Hawai’i into six early turnovers leading to 15 Rebel points in the first stanza. The squads were evenly matched on the offensive end, with neither team taking more than a three-point advantage until late in the half.
Hawai’i was able to capitalize at the charity stripe as the Rebels sent the host team to the line 13 times in the first half, where they earned 11 points while Ole Miss was able to earn quick points in transition, scoring 11 second chance points.
The Rebels made a push in the final five minutes of the first half and used a 7-0 run, sparked by a basket in transition from McFarland, to race out to a seven-point lead, 31-24,which was the largest lead of the half for either team. The home team responded and closed the half on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 34 heading into the locker room.
Ole Miss was helped by its bench in the first half. Birthday girl, Kenyotta Jenkins, scored six points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor to lead the Rebel subs. Hawai’i held a 27-18 rebounding edge, while the Rebels picked off Hawai’i five times.
Ole Miss concludes action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday (Nov. 17) when they take on the Pac-12’s Washington State. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. (HT)/6:30 p.m. (CT).